09/19/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

First "90210" Cliffhanger of the Season: Is Something Wrong With the Show?

In a truly unexpected turn of events, The CW has decided to not make the premiere of its upcoming drama 90210 available to critics and members of the media prior to its scheduled premiere on September 2.

Is this any way to treat the most buzzed-about new series of the fall season? What about the press, which has embraced 90210 with an unbridled enthusiasm bordering on the absurd? Following their press conference last month at the Summer 2008 Television Critics Association gathering, the cast of young 90210 unknowns was surrounded by the biggest scrum of the entire tour!

Here is the statement the network sent to critics and reporters on Monday:

"The CW and our studio partner CBS Paramount Network Television have made the strategic marketing decision not to screen 90210 for any media in advance of its premiere. We're not hiding anything . . . simply keeping a lid on 90210 until 9.02, riding the curiosity and anticipation into premiere night, and letting all our constituents see it at the same time."

As the digitally empowered denizens of the same network's Gossip Girl might communicate, WTF? Actually, the young snobs on that show probably wouldn't be caught dead watching the spin-off of Beverly Hills 90210 because the original is so last-millennium. (Some good news: The CW is sending out the first three new episodes of Gossip Girl this week, so all must be well on that front.) Click For Full Story.

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